Ben Andrew started learning to play the piano at the age of six in his home town of Leighton Buzzard, with teacher Dennis Jeanes. He won a place on the degree course at Trinity College of Music, London, where he studied under renowned British concert pianist and pupil of Heinrich Neuhaus, John Bingham. Ben then completed a year of study at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest where he studied under Jenõ Jandó and Kornél Zempléni, once a pupil of the great Hungarian composer Ernö Dohnányi. Ben has also worked with teachers such as Martino Tirimo, Yonty Solomon and Philip Fowke.
Ben was the winner of The Milton Keynes Festival of the Arts 2001 where he performed works by Rachmaninov and Liszt. During his time at Trinity, he was awarded the prestigious TCM trust Silver Medal for outstanding performance and contribution to the Keyboard Faculty.
Ben is an experienced chamber musician and has worked in a number of ensembles including violin and piano duos, and trios. He recently took part in a performance of Carnival of the Animals at Blackheath Halls. He is extremely passionate about both improvisation and composition and has had his works performed abroad as far as Germany and Turkey. Whilst at Trinity, Ben was involved in many improvisation based performances and workshops including a performance for two pianos and turntables.
He has given numerous solo recitals both in the UK and abroad at venues such as St Martin in the Fields in London, The Pump Room in Bath and Óbudai Társaskör, Budapest. Benjamin has given several concerto performances including Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the St Giles Orchestra and Milton Keynes Cornerstone Orchestra in 2006. In 2008 he gave a performance of Rachmaninov’s 3rd Piano Concerto – a work revered by all pianists for its technical and physical demands. Ben recently gave a performance of J.S Bach’s Keyboard Concerto no.4 in A Major at Stowe school. Other recent engagements include a performance of the ensemble version of Copeland’s Appalachian Spring in collaboration with Milton Keynes City Orchestra, as well as private functions at various locations across the country such as RMB Chivenor and Brocket Hall. On 10th November 2013 Ben gave a performance of Rachmaninov’s 2nd piano concerto with the Horsham Symphony Orchestra. More recently, he performed Chopin’s op.25 Etudes at Stowe school, gave an-Schubert recital in the Buckingham Summer Festival and on 22nd November, he will be performing a clarinet and piano recital with Paul Harris as part of the popular Buckingham music masterclass series.
Ben is an experienced teacher and holds a full time position as Head of Keyboard and accompanist in residence at Stowe School, Buckingham.